From Our Editors
The toy connoisseurs at Great Lakes Hobby & Toy equip gift-givers with more than 35,000 toys, model kits, play sets, and educational items displayed in the 10,000-square-foot entertainment menagerie. While perusing model kits and interactive play sets, customers test-drive miniature locomotives on the labyrinthine network of model train tracks. A full cast of Thomas the Tank Engine characters ($9.99) awaits younger engineers, and a fleet of train starter sets ($59.99) contains all necessary components to encircle Christmas trees or napping uncles. Miniature projects also include dollhouse building supplies ($1.09+) and model-car kits of various skill levels ($5.99+), with protective display cases ($7.99) to keep miniature rebellious teenagers from joyriding. Great Lakes Hobby & Toy also stocks assembly-free items such as musical instruments ($3.29+), which provide energetic virtuosos with a positive outlet for creativity.